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Swimming at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 22, 1920
Date Finished: August 25, 1920

Gold: USA Norman Ross
Silver: CAN George Vernot
Bronze: AUS Frank Beaurepaire


The world and Olympic record of 22:00.0 had been set at the 1912 Olympics by the Canadian gold medalist, [George Hodgson]. Hodgson competed in Antwerp, but finished last in the first semi-final and did not qualify for the final. In the Antwerp final, Hodgson’s countryman, [George Vernot], led for the first half of the race before [Norman Ross] took the lead for good at 900 metres. Ross then gradually pulled away to a comfortable victory. In addition to his gold medal, Ross was awarded possession of the Challenge Prize that had been donated by the Italian IOC Member, Count Brunetta d’Usseaux.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Norman Ross 23 United States USA Gold
2 George Vernot 19 Canada CAN Silver
3 Frank Beaurepaire 28 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Fred Kahele United States USA
5 Eugene Bolden 20 United States USA
3 h2 r2/3 Harold Annison 24 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r2/3 Arne Borg 18 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r2/3 Ludy Langer 27 United States USA
5 h1 r2/3 George Hodgson 26 Canada CAN
5 h2 r2/3 Percy Peter 18 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Paul De Backer 37 Belgium BEL
3 h2 r1/3 Cor Zegger 23 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/3 Gilio Bisagno 18 Italy ITA
3 h4 r1/3 Frans Möller 23 Sweden SWE
3 h5 r1/3 Jack Hatfield 26 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/3 Antonio Quarantotto Italy ITA
4 h3 r1/3 Hans Drexler Switzerland SUI
4 h4 r1/3 Joaquín Cuadrada 26 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/3 Alois Hrašek Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h3 r1/3 Emanuel Prüll Czechoslovakia TCH
AC h1 r1/3 Henry Taylor 35 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC h1 r1/3 René Ricolfi-Doria 18 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC h5 r1/3 Pierre Lavraie France FRA DNF